Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Greg Growden is Chief Rugby Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald

Match report

France stumble into final after Welsh see red

Greg Growden An unimpressive France advanced to the World Cup final when they received an enormous leg-up after Wales were forced to play with only 14 men for more than an hour in last night's dramatic but...

Wallabies turn to Roos to get the jump on Kiwis under high ball

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Greg Growden The Wallabies have sought advice from several AFL big guns to improve their often-flawed aerial work.

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The years, the men, the nights, the tours, the team ... the end

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Greg Growden After 20-odd years (with the emphasis on odd) of taking the mickey, it's time for the farewell Ruck and Maul column.

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Rugby

Foley firms as Force candidate after Cheika slips through fingers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03:  Michael Foley, coach of the Waratahs looks on during a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Allianz Stadium on July 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Greg Growden THE Western Force are still trying to persuade Michael Foley to leave the Waratahs and take over as head coach in Perth next year.

Not half bad: constant pest Pretorius could be the answer to all his new team's prayers

Waratahs trial game against Samoa. Picture is of Sarel Pratorius. Picture by Grant Robertson/Rural Press.

Greg Growden THE Waratahs haven't always been smart in the recruitment ranks, but they look as if they have secured a good one in South African halfback Sarel Pretorius.

Ruck and Maul

Tahs say no thanks to failed five

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Greg Growden Expect plenty of new faces at the Waratahs next year. According to our Waratahs snouts, five squad members have in the past week been told they will not be getting contract extensions.

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Long dark cloud lifts as All Blacks close the door on 24 years of pain

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Greg Growden The 24-year All Black gloom has lifted.

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Match report

Woeful Wallabies kicked out by All Blacks hellbent on raising cup

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Greg Growden AUCKLAND: The All Blacks are a week away from ending a 24-year World Cup drought after they smashed, bashed and completely outplayed the Wallabies in an inspiring semi-final performance at Eden Park...

Wallabies lay down World Cup marker

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Greg Growden After some early stutters the Wallabies produced an excellent second-half display against Italy stamping the team as real World Cup title contenders.

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Overhaul is the only sure thing next season

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Greg Growden The Waratahs are uncertain how many will be in their squad next year or how much they can spend, but several high-profile players are already looking elsewhere.

When Tahs were hard men and the opposition nervous

Greg Growden As far as Wild Bill, Jockey, Shirts, Fob and Steak were concerned, it didn't matter that the Springboks were supposedly the rugby masters.

Sunday Maul

Wallabies side will need Reds faces

Greg Growden Due to a short preparation, the Wallabies selectors have no option but to select several players from left field for the season's opening Test against Scotland in Newcastle on June 5.

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Rugby

Wales turn into sharks after sensing blood from wounded Wallabies

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Greg Growden WHILE the Wallabies will be relying on seven Waratahs who have forgotten the art of winning, Wales believe they have been handed their best chance in decades to win their first Test on Australian...

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Fearless Welsh can forget past headaches

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08:  Rhys Priestland of Wales looks on during the Wales rugby captain's run at Suncorp Stadium on June 8, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Greg Growden WALES will walk out tall, proud and confident at Suncorp Stadium tonight, firmly believing they will end 43 years of misery on Australian soil.